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August 2017 Goals

I’ve been looking forward to August for a long time because 1) it is full swing hiking season, 2) we have an awesome 3 night camping trip planned on Mayne Island for our anniversary, and 3) there are just 5 weeks left until we head to Portugal! :)

August will be less hectic than July, as we both agreed to curb our household spending (the only thing I want to buy is a plant for the dining table, as the one we have there currently did not survive in our laneway house). I’m also looking forward to being less social this month. I love my friends and family, but it’s been a busy summer, and I can’t wait to just do nothing. There are a few dinners planned so far, but nothing as crazy as last month.

August is also the month that my boss gets back from her amazing 3-month vacation, which means (I think) things will slow down for me. I’m happy to have her back, but also happy that I was able to accumulate  some banked hours over the past few months. :)

This month we are also hoping to get back into climbing – we haven’t gone since RD left for his work trip back in April. It’ll be slow going, but hopefully it won’t be too much of a struggle to get back to where we were. I had just cracked into the 5.11b routes back in April, and was pretty proud of myself because that’s the farthest I’ve ever gotten.

Anyway, enough with the talk, here is my budget for the month!

August 2017 Goals:

  • 450,000 steps – that’s just slightly under 15,000 steps per day on average, which I think is attainable now that I’m running 3x/week and we’re also hiking every weekend!
  • Bring lunch 4x/week – even if it’s just toast and avocado, it’s significantly cheaper than buying my lunch. Obviously this doesn’t count if it’s a work lunch.
  • Schedule blog posts for September – I’ve been trying to be more consistent with my blog posts, so I want to get out at least one post per week while we are on vacation.
  • Budget for a new cat – We are starting with no pet supplies, so I’m going to have to source out everything. I’m assuming I can get some stuff used on Craigslist, but I also have a feeling that the initial set-up to get our cat will be more expensive than I think. That’s why I want to start researching now so that we can pick everything up easily at the end of September. Any tips on initial costs would be much appreciated! :)

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Tara says:

    If you can spring for one, I highly recommend the Litter Robot. They sell reconditioned ones on their website. Our cat used it no problem and it really kept the litter cleaner longer and helped with odor, plus it was easy since it does the scooping for you. I actually found one used on Ebay for a song. They are pricey but are great for indoor cats in small places.

    If you can, also go the wet food route as dry food can lead to urinary problems. It doesn’t have to be high end wet food, but something like Fancy Feast works fine for cats. It isn’t as healthy as other brands, but most vets will say it is ok. It’s a shame to buy a bunch of expensive food that your cat doesn’t like, but I have yet to meet a cat that doesn’t enjoy Fancy Feast! Plus you can get a variety of flavors so it’s not the same thing every day.

    Also, get on autoshipping with your pet food and litter if you can (once you know your litter and food work). We have to get Urinary SO vet food (since our cat did get a urinary infection!) and we get that autoshipped plus our World’s Best Lavender scented litter autoshipped. The pet food was through the vet’s office, but the litter is through Petco. Every couple of months, the litter and food is cheaper because we earn points on each site and the points get auto cashed-in when we earn a cash voucher coupon. Also not lugging the heavy litter and cat food from the store is a nice bonus.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      Amazing thanks so much for the tips – love the idea of auto shopping food and litter. Also, I was totally looking at the Litter Robot on Amazon but my boyfriend said the price was ridiculous. Nice to know that it actually does work great for small spaces – I’ll look into eBay as an option for one, as I’ll be in charge of litter box duties. :)

  2. Jacquie says:

    We bought the ModKat litter box (on Amazon but had to have it shipped to a US address) and it’s actually life-changing. There used to be litter everywhere constantly, and now there might be a couple tiny specks near the box and that’s it!

    • Krystal Yee says:

      Yes that litter box looks amazing – hard to find a nice looking one for sure, and this is the nicest I’ve seen so far. Definitely keeping it on the list of potentials. Thanks!!!

  3. It’s my first time poking around your blog, and it looks great : ) Good luck with bringing lunch! I find that having some non-perishable snacks stashed around the workplace also helps curb any impulse food-buying!

    Happy hiking and happy anniversary!

  4. Wow. Great reasons to look forward to August!
    I just wanted to chime in and mention I’ve brought my own lunch (or dinner, depending on my schedule) to work every single day for more than 1 year! I’d usually pack a sandwich or a quick salad prepared the previous evening, so it’s definitely doable! Good luck on all your goals this month!

  5. Joanie says:

    I’m actually going to suggest against the robot litter box. I had one and it didn’t work well, I found I had to help it along a lot and my basic one works just fine!
    I do have a water fountain for my cat though because we screwed up and let him drink from the bathroom tap and when we stopped he refused to drink water from a normal dish. I do like it though because it holds a lot of water if we’re away from home a bit.
    As for food I would actually strongly recommend NOT doing wet food. Any vet I’ve ever been to suggests against it because it can cause their teeth to rot. My cat did have a very bad UTI once and because of that we do buy special Urinary dry food from the vet but it’s actually no more expensive than the organic we had been buying.
    Last thing – don’t declaw! :)

  6. Sounds like a fun and exploiting month ahead. I also love my family and friends, but I agree with you that sometimes we just need some downtime for ourselves.

    I pack lunch to work every day too. It saves me so much money!!

  7. Bringing lunch is a great way to save $. We do the leftover thing. We just make a bit more for dinner the night before. Works well for us. Kind of makes cooking more worthwhile too.

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